September 07, 2020
New Zealand no Eden for struggling whanau
United Nations children's agency UNICEF wants New Zealand to ramp up support for distressed Māori whānau.
Its regular progress report has flagged poor housing, dismal education statistics and a lack of respect for minority cultures.
New Zealand deputy director Brandi Hudson says more than 200,000 families live in poverty, including 55,000 whānau Māori – more than enough to fill Eden Park.
"Just imagine standing in the middle of Eden Park with 40,000 people and it's packed, telling all those people – sorry we can't do much for you. This is the scale of it". She says.
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